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Wisconsin voter guide

CREATED Feb 16, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov 5, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - With today being Election Day, we've put together information and links to help you in your efforts to vote when it comes to the following:

- Any voter ID requirements?
- Redistricting: Where do I vote? Am I registered to vote?  Who is on my ballot? 
- Same-day voter registration

- Absentee ballots
- Provisional ballots


Any voter ID requirements?

Click here to find out specifics on what you will need to bring to the polls.  

You can bring a state ID, valid university or college ID, a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other document.


Where do I vote?  Am I registered to vote?  Who is on my ballot?

Click here to find your polling place and sample ballot via the Wisconsin GAB Voter Search page.

You can also use that link to look up your voter registration and who will be on the ballot when you vote.

If you are not registered to vote, however, you can also look up your polling place.


Same-day voter registration

Wisconsin law allows people to register to vote at the polls.  To do you, you need to go to your voting site and bring proof that you have lived at your current address for at least 28 days.


Election dates

These days will have elections in Wisconsin:
- November 6 (Fall general election)


Absentee ballots

Voters must be eligible to vote before they can file an absentee ballot.

You can download the absentee ballot application, then turn it in to your municipal clerk by 5:00 p.m. Thursday before the election so that an absentee ballot can be mailed to you.

After filling in specific instructions for absentee ballots (regular instructions/special situations), people can turn in completed ballots to their municipal clerk before or on Election Day.

There are exceptions for military and overseas voters.


Provisional ballots

In some circumstances, potential voters who don't have the proper documentation to vote will be given permission to cast a provisional ballot.

Under those circumstances, the voter will cast a ballot, but that ballot won't count unless they provide required documentation to a poll worker on election day, or to a municipal clerk by 4:00 p.m. Friday after the election.

Click here for more instructions on provisional ballots.